Keep Those Locks WorkingI am employed as a Locksmith in Madison, Wisconsin. I am writing this in response to your tip on keeping locks working smoothly. Most Locksmiths would NOT recommend using WD40 for the following reasons. WD40 contains a substantial amount of oil (petroleum distilates) that tend to collect a good amount of dirt and dust. In cold weather, the oil in this product can and will get tacky and over time will start to solidify causing the lock to fail. The product most locksmiths use is any type of silicone spray. I personally use a product called Wonder Mist sold by Amway distributors. However, WD40 works extremely well on other items that do not have such intricate parts.
Please take this as constructive feedback from someone who works with locks on a daily basis. For more information, click here Associated Locksmiths of America
We took the hint! Our thanks to Mike Vorpahl., posted 4/17/99.
Window washingWhen doing spring or fall washing of windows that may require the use of an extension ladder to reach; when drying the window after washing, use strokes in 1 direction (top-to-bottom) or (side-to-side) when outside. Use the other direction when drying windows on the inside. This way should there be any streaks (and there will be), you can tell at a glance which side of the window its on, so you can remove them.
Thanks to Jim Chisholm.
Loose WindowsLower your fuel bills and save your nerves from rattling windows. Putty is simple to install and well worth your investment.
Cracked WindowsIs your window cracked but not broken? Until you can afford to replace the window, simply paint them with a thin coating of clear shellac.
Window ScreensHow can you quickly clean your window screens? A vacuum, without any attachments will suck up the dirt and dust them off in seconds! You won't have to scrub them or even take them off the windows!!!!!!
Window Screen With HoleInstead of replacing the whole screen, "paint" the small ones with model airplane glue and they will be invisible and sealed.
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